Growing Food & Permaculture – Community Interest Project

This page presents some of the key research and developments of the Community Interest Project (CIP) group on Growing Food & Permaculture. Content may change, so please check back regularly.

The Growing Network

The Growing Network (TGN) is an inclusive community initiative that supports local people to grow, prepare and eat fresh food. Food is free when we network.

TGN organise bring-and-share events, where you can bring what you can, and take what you need.

Suitable items include seeds, plants, freshly grown fruit and vegetables, and surplus tools, pots and compost. Share advice, friendship and skills with each other.

Here is an example of an event run by The Growing Network in Petts Wood, Bromley, Kent (of which Dale, one of our founders, is a member):

Find out more by joining The Growing Network on Facebook:

Growing Potatoes from Old Potatoes

As some of us have happily discovered, it’s very easy to grow potatoes from old potatoes (sprouting potatoes). You just need a few sprouting potatoes, with eyes, some fabric bags, containers or pots, and some compost. Watch the video to see how to plant them.

Although best planted in spring for harvesting in a few month’s time, during summer, it is apparently possible to grow potatoes all year round. See: [accessed 19/09/2022].

Use this ‘Planting and Harvesting Calendar‘ to calculate suitable potato growing times for your area (within UK and Europe): [accessed 19/09/2022].

All About Permaculture

The Permaculture Magazine website quotes writer Emma Chapman’s definition of Permaculture as follows:

“Permaculture, originally ‘Permanent Agriculture’, is often viewed as a set of gardening techniques, but it has in fact developed into a whole design philosophy, and for some people a philosophy for life. Its central theme is the creation of human systems which provide for human needs, but using many natural elements and drawing inspiration from natural ecosystems. Its goals and priorities coincide with what many people see as the core requirements for sustainability.”

The website also lists various useful resources and books and has numerous helpful articles on Permaculture: [accessed 19/09/2022].

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